Exclusive Excerpt – Curved Horizon (Camellia Clock Cycle #2) by Taylor Brooke

Exclusive Excerpt – Curved Horizon (Camellia Clock Cycle #2) by Taylor Brooke
















Curved Horizon picks up a few weeks after the conclusion of Fortitude Smashed with Daisy Yuen and Chelsea Cavanaugh, whose Camellia Clocks draw close to timing out.

Navigating the in’s and out’s of love is hard enough as strangers destined to be soul mates and proves even more complicated when Daisy shares ugly, dark secrets that linger in her and Aiden’s past.

Meanwhile, Shannon and Aiden continue to explore their own new relationship. With Fall comes an unforgettable one year anniversary, but when Shannon suffers a life-threatening incident on the job, Chelsea, Daisy, and Aiden must find a way to let go of their pasts to make room for their futures.

Dive deeper into the world of the Camellia Clock—a world of soulmates, secrets, and the healing power of love.













Sometimes Daisy was taken aback by Chelsea’s beauty; a subtle nuance, like honey or rum, built a flavor in the back of her throat. It didn’t strike all at one time. Chelsea’s beauty didn’t bite. It lingered in every quick flick of her lashes and parting of her lips, every breathy sigh and tentative touch.

Chelsea Cavanaugh was beautiful like autumn, Daisy decided. She left you wanting.

“Can I kiss you, Chelsea?”

“Yes,” Chelsea said, but she was already moving.

Daisy didn’t know if she’d leaned forward or if Chelsea had pulled her. The only thing she could do was clutch Chelsea’s slender wrists and part her lips for the taste of green tea and toothpaste and cinnamon ChapStick. This kiss sent Daisy stumbling along inside herself, grappling for purchase on any semblance of life before Chelsea.

She felt Chelsea’s palms, one on her cheek, the other on her throat, and her lips, softer than Daisy ever imagined them to be, and their teeth clicking when the kiss deepened—a revelation of secrets unmade, a monster unborn, a time in Daisy’s life that she’d never understood until now.

Daisy didn’t know she’d said anything until Chelsea whispered, “I won’t, honey, I won’t,” against her mouth.

That was when she heard herself say it again. “Please, don’t tell him I told you.”

Chelsea’s fingers pushed white hair off Daisy’s face. Warm breath ghosted over Daisy’s chin, urging Daisy to snake forward and snatch Chelsea’s lips in another kiss.

Everything felt too gentle, too slow, too soft. Daisy wanted to consume her. She wanted to sink her nails into Chelsea’s ribcage, claw out her heart, take a bite of it, and feel it beat in her palm.

“We’ve got time,” Chelsea said. A kiss against Daisy’s jaw. Another on her temple.

Daisy nodded, but she couldn’t help the guilt that spiked in her stomach. It crawled up her spine, climbed between her ribs, and whispered right against her heart: That was not your secret to tell.
















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After fleshing out a multitude of fantastical creatures as a special effects makeup artist, Taylor Brooke turned her imagination back to her true love—books. When she’s not nestled in a blanket typing away on her laptop, she’s traveling, hiking or reading. She writes Queer books for teens and adults. She is the author of Fortitude Smashed (Interlude Press ’17) and is represented by Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch Literary Services.


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